Luvera Scholarship

The scholarship was established by Paul, (’59) and Lita Luvera, (’77) in 1993. Founders of the Luvera Law Firm in Seattle, WA, they are considered one of the best plaintiff’s firms in the United States. The Luvera Law Scholarship is primarily a merit-based scholarship, awarded to law students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.3 Undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum LSAT Score of 155
  • Commitment to both academic and scholarly excellence.
  • Admission into the Accelerated (24 month) J.D. program

*Scholarship amount will be determined by the Office of Admissions. Awards generally range between $10,000 and $20,000 annually, but may vary.

Requirements:

  • Write an annual paper (2-3 pages) on a topic of scholarly interest which will be sent to the Luvera family. Paper due to the development office by April 1st of each year.
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA
  • Thank you note to Luvera family due to the Development office by April 1st of each year.

Application Requirements:

Prospective law students  should submit an essay (no more than one page in length) explaining what “justice means to you.” Essay applications for the Luvera Scholars program are due no later than February 1, 2018. Essays should be submitted to Susan Lee, PhD, Director of Admissions.

Paul Luvera

Paul Luvera is the founder of the Luvera Law Firm, and is one of the preeminent trial lawyers in the nation.

In 2010 the American Trial Lawyers Association inducted him into the National Hall of Fame. He was one of only five lawyers in the nation selected for that honor that year.

The Washington State Attorney General hired him to act as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry on behalf of the state that ended in a record settlement after a 2½  jury trial.  He agreed to accept a request from the Washington D.C. Brady Center in a pro bono case to act as lead counsel against the gun industry in a lawsuit over  the shooting deaths of multiple people by a sniper on the East Coast. In another case with national media attention, he sued the City of Tacoma for the murder of Crystal Brame, who was shot by her husband who was the Chief of Police of Tacoma. The result was a multi-million dollar settlement and the creation of a domestic violence center, as well as agreed changes in laws and a new police policy for domestic violence.

Luvera has been selected by his peers for listing in Best Lawyers in America every year since it began publication in 1978 until his retirement in 2014.  Best Lawyers has named him the “The Best Lawyer’s 2009 Seattle Personal Injury Litigator of the Year,” the first time the award was made in Washington, then again in 2011.

Lita Barnett-Luvera

Lita Barnett-Luvera founded the Luvera Law Firm with her husband, Paul Luvera, and helped lead it for over 35 years, managing all aspects of the office.

She represented plaintiffs in major injury cases and has been involved in numerous multi-million-dollar trials and settlements in personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice cases. In addition, she spoke to legal organizations about trials and trial advocacy.

Barnett-Luvera was a member of American Trial Lawyers of America, King County Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers, Washington Women Lawyers Association (Skagit and King Counties) and the Gonzaga University Board of Regents. She is a founding principal of Gonzaga’s annual “Luvera Lecture Series,” established in 1990, has been on Gonzaga University’s President’s list since 1986.